Here are some real good reference books on the GermanáArmy... If you are wondering WHY I sometimes put the photo in with the description text, it's because amazon.com doesn't have the photo available ;-( One way or another!
Also, if you get a nasty orange box, that's amazon's generic "i-frame" -- to fix problem, try RIGHT-clicking on the box and then choose "this frame" and finally "reload frame." This should fix it... why this happens, so they tell me, is that amazon's server get's overloaded. [these instructions are for NETSCAPE, not nasty, icky internet explorer -- however, I assume they have something similar]
German Army 1939-1945 (1) Blitzkrieg (Men-At-Arms Series, 311) by NigeláThomas -- On 1 September 1939, when Germany attacked Poland, the Wehrmacht numbered 3,180,000 men. It eventually expanded to 9,500,000, and on 8-9 May 1945, the date of its unconditional surrender on the Western and Eastern Fronts, it still numbered 7,800,000. The Blitzkrieg period, from 1 September 1939 to 25 June 1940, was 10 months of almost total triumph for the Wehrmacht, as it defeated every country, except Great Britain, that took the field against it. In this first of five volumes examining the German Army of World War Two, Nigel Thomas examines the uniforms and insignia of Hitler's Blitzkrieg forces, including an overview of the Blitzkrieg campaign itself.
The German Army 1939-1945 (2) North Afrika and Balkans (Men-At-Arms Series, 316) by NigeláThomas -- Hitler first considered an invasion of Great Britain in autumn 1940, then scheduled Operation Barbarossa, the conquest of the European part of the Soviet Union, for May 1941. Anxious to emulate Hitler's successes, the Italian dictator Mussolini embarked upon unnecessary military adventures in North Africa and the Balkans, which forced Hitler's intervention, diverting and depleting precious German resources, and a six-week postponement of Barbarossa. In this second of four volumes [Men-at-Arms 311, 316, 326 & 330] on the German Army of the Second World War, Nigel Thomas examines the uniforms and insignia of the forces involved in North Africa and the Balkans.
German Army 1939-45 (3): Eastern Front 1941-43 (Men-At-Arms Series, 326) by NigeláThomas -- Operation Barbarossa, the attack on the Soviet Union, commenced on 22 June 1941. It became the biggest conflict in military history, with some three million German troops and about 900,000 allies facing almost 4.7 million Soviet troops. The effects would colour postwar European history for the next 50 years. This title examines the history of the conflict, and the organisation, uniforms and insignia of the German Army on the Eastern Front from 1941-43. The book contains numerous illustrations and photographs throughout, incuding eight fine full-page colour plates by Stephen Andrew
German Army (4), 1939-1945: Eastern Front 1943-1945 (Men-At-Arms Series, 330) by NigeláThomas -- The fourth of a comprehensive series of five books on the German army of WW2. In early 1943 the annihilation of the 6th Army at Stalingrad marked the irreversible turning-point of the war in the East. Despite occasional local successes gained in the face of great odds -- testimony to the Wehrmacht's extraordinary resilience -- from now on Germany was on the defensive. Despite Hitler's damaging interference the quality of German field leadership, and of new weapons, remained high; but each new Soviet offensive pushed the front line closer to -- and finally, across -- the borders of the Reich. In this fourth title of their sequence author and artist describe and illustrate the developments in unit organization, uniforms and equipment during 1943-45, including information on European and Eastern volunteer units; text and illustrations are supported by detailed tables.
The German Army 1939-45 (5) : Western Front 1943-45 (Men-At-Arms Series, 336) by NigeláThomas -- The fifth and last of a comprehensive series of five books on the German army of WW2.This book covers the high command, the developments in unit organisation, the campaigns and the uniforms and equipment of the German Army in the last two years of the war in North-West Europe and Italy. Despite the huge pressure of fighting on three fronts, ever-worsening shortages of manpower and equipment, and Allied command of the skies, Germany's decimated divisions fought on with impressive skill and determination. This period also saw a fascinating mixture of obsolescent, newly designed, and field-made combat clothing which gave the German soldier a radically different appearance from his predecessor of just five years before. A must have!!
World War II German Battle Insignia (Men-at-Arms 365) by Gordon Williamson -- The remarkable war effort of the German armed forces on three fronts between 1939 and 1945 was recognised by a wider range of insignia than seen in the Allied armies. While the Wehrmacht displayed fewer unit insignia than the Allies, a glance at a German soldier's tunic could reveal much more about his actual combat experience. In this book an experienced researcher explains and illustrates the Battle and Assault Badges of the Army, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe ground troops; the sleeve shields and cuffbands issued to mark service in particular campaigns; wound badges, commemorative medals, and other types of insignia.
German Army Uniforms of World War II in Colour Photographs -- by Wade Krawczyk. The German armed forces remain today - as they have been for decades - the most enduringly popular subject in the whole field of military uniform history.In this book, a gallery of full length studies is supported by close-up photographs of each item of clothing and insignia - even linings and manufacturer's markings; and of original items of personal equipment and effects. All the illustrated items are identified, described and explained in a detailed text by an expert collector. The 230 colour photographs in this book represent an invaluable reference to a fascinating subject.
German Combat Equipments 1939-45--(Men-At Arms series #234) The field equipment of the German Army in World War II was closely related to that used throughout World War I and earlier, yet it was of relatively light weight, ruggedly constructed, well designed, functional, and generally of a high quality, though this deteriorated in the later war years. A high degree of design standardisation was maintained in most categories of equipment, though materials and their colours often varied widely. There were also many different specialisations for the various arms of service as well as theatres of combat, such as the Afrikakorps in the Western Desert. This title investigates all manner of German combat equipments throughout World War II, from belt buckles to magazine pouches.
German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-45--by Brian L. Davis. The "Bible" of German uniforms and insignia, this is "the" book to buy, especially if you can only afford one book on German uniforms and insignia.
Army Panzer Uniforms in Colour by Wade Krawczyk -- The uniforms of the German tank troops -- Panzertruppe -- were probably the most dramatic of any worn by World War II combat units.
Today, 50 years after they were last worn in action, accurate references for the dress, insignia and personal equipment of these armoured vehicle crews are particularly sought-after by modellers and collectors.
In this book the author presents clear, close-up colour photographs of a remarkable range of varying patterns of original Panzer headgear, uniforms and insignia, with explanatory text.
Wehrmacht: Camouflage Uniforms & Post-War Derivitives by Dan Peterson -- In no other country has camouflaged clothing been so extensively used, and in such great diversity of patterns and styles, as in Germany. For the first time, US Army museum curator Dan Peterson traces the evolution and development of the camouflage uniforms of the German armed forces by means of vivid colour photographs of one of the world's most extensive collections of original examples.
Here he examines the broad category of camouflage patterns and uniform types used by the German Army and Air Force troops of World War Two, and those post-war patterns that were clearly derived from the Wehrmacht types - some still in use over half a century later.
Indispensable for collectors, uniform historians and military modellers alike, this book finally resolves the confusion surrounding many of these patterns and garments, and establishes a complete and concise system of identification and terminology.
Axis Cavalry in World War II(Men-at-Arms 361)--Author: Jeffrey T. Fowler, Illustrator: Mike Chappell. 48 pages; ISBN: 1841763233. It is often forgotten that the German Wehrmacht of 1939-45 relied heavily upon horses. Not only was the majority of Army transport and much of the artillery dependent on draught horse teams; the Germans also kept a horse-mounted cavalry division in the field until the end of 1941. After withdrawing it, they discovered a need to revive and greatly expand their cavalry units in 1943-45. The Army and Waffen-SS cavalry proved their worth on the Russian Front, supported by other Axis cavalry contingents - Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, and locally recruited. In this book an experienced horseman describes that last generation of horse-soldiers in a text supported by tables, photographs, and meticulous colour plates.
German Mountain & Ski Troops: 1939-45 (Elite Series #63)--Gordon Williamson details the uniforms organisation and combat histories of the elite Gebirgstruppen of the German Army. Fighting in every theatre from the burning sands of North Africa to the icy wastes above the arctic circle these troops were some of the most effective in the whole of the Wehrmacht. Their esprit de corps and morale were extremely high and their commanders, men such as Eduard Dietl, the'Hero of Narvik', and Julius 'Papa' Ringel, were Idolized by their men. Dietl himself was the first soldier of the Wehrmacht to be awarded the coveted Oakleaves to the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. Gordon Williamson was born in 1957 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners.
Afrikakorps 1941-43 (Elite Series #34)--So many battles of the Second World War were fought with such ferocity and disregard for basic humanity that many survivors of that time have only the most bitter memories of their wartime experiences. The campaign in North Africa between September 1940 and May 1943 holds not only an enduring fascination for postwar generations; but also a perhaps unique degree of nostalgia for some surviving participants. The campaign was no less costly in terms of human lives and material than many others; but regret at the cost is accompanied by positive memories in the minds of many veterans. This is not to suggest that the dead have been forgotten; but an almost mystical bond nevertheless exists, even between former enemies, amongst veterans of the desert campaign. Their memories seem to have a special quality not found among men who fought on other fronts, and enduring hatred is very rarely voiced. Gordon Williamson examines the history, organisation and uniforms of Rommel's Afrikakorps who fought in this vividly inhospitable battlefield, where the scorching, arid terrain by day became an equally unwelcoming, freezing world at night; where raging sandstorms could completely alter a landscape within just a few hours; and where countless flies, scorpions and sand vipers, to say nothing of open sores, jaundice and dysentry, could make life a complete misery.
German Military Police Units 1939-45 (Men-at-Arms 213) by Gordon Williamson -- The military policeman must be one of the least appreciated yet most indispensable military figures in modern history. In the mobile warfare of the 20th century no army could keep its vital supply routes open without the military policeman. This book documents the organisation, uniforms and insignia of the many and varied German military police units of World War II. Their duties included traffic control; maintaining military order and discipline; collection and escorting prisoners of war; prevention of looting; disarming civilians; checking captured enemy soldiers for documents; collection of fallen enemy propaganda leaflets and providing street patrols in occupied areas.
The Panzer Divisions (Men at Arms #24) -- For the first three years of the Second World War the German Army's armoured formations dominated the world's battlefields. During this period the Panzerwaffe swept away all that was before them, achieving victories over numerically superior and sometimes better equipped opponents. This remarkable book by Martin Windrow deals with one of the German Army's most effective and feared rapid attack forces, including a summary of every Panzer division's war record and an extensive examination of uniforms, equipment and decorations.
Panzer Crewman 1939ľ45 (Warrior 46) by Gordon Williamson -- In World War II the Panzer crews spearheaded every major campaign or battle from the invasions of Poland and France to the last great counter-offensive in the Ardennes. Germany's Panzer crews fought on every front and along the way earned a formidable reputation for ├ââ├é┬ęlan in attack and steadfastness in defence. This book charts the recruitment, training, service conditions and combat experience of a typical World War II German tank crewman, serving on various fronts - from the scorching heat of the Western Desert to the frozen tundra of the Eastern Front. It features many unpublished photographs from both private collectors and Panzer veterans themselves.
Rommel's Desert Army (Men-at-Arms 53)--Author: Martin Windrow, Illustrator: Michael Roffe. 48 pages; ISBN: 0850450950. This book examines the uniforms, equipment, history and organisation of Rommel's Desert Army. The course of the war in the desert is traced, and the uniforms of Rommel's troops are shown in full colour artwork.
The emphasis of the book is on what was and is most commonly seen - for example, through contemporary newsreels, hence rarely seen or less important uniform variations are not included. A listing of key items is given in a series of appendices. This is a detailed handbook to the German army of the period, its history, its organization, its uniform and its equipment.
German Commanders of World War II (Men-at-Arms 124) by Anthony Kemp -- This fascinating study by Anthony Kemp outlines the careers and characters of a number of senior German commanders. To those who read military history many of the names are familiar. It is a paradox, however, that few biographies have been written. The impression still exists today of German generals as stiff-necked, scar-faced, monocled Prussians. Whilst in a few cases this was certainly true, the fact remains that all of them were men, some more ordinary than others. With a variety of photographs, eight full-page colour plates by Angus McBride, accompanied by ten pages of commentaries, this is a first-class addition to Osprey's Men-at-Arms series.
German Commanders of World War II (1) Army (Elite 118) by Gordon Williamson -- This first of two studies examines the careers and illustrates the appearance and uniforms of 19 of the German Army's leading field commanders in World War II. Their service covers the whole arc of that army's wartime experience, from stunning success in 1939-41, through the hugely costly middle years on the Russian Front to the stubborn defensive fighting in both East and West in 1943-45. Also included are five more junior unit commanders chosen because their service typifies the achievements of combat leaders in regimental and battalion commands. The colour portraits are in the uniquely meticulous style of the respected World War II illustrator Malcolm McGregor.
Foreign Volunteers of the Wehrmacht 1941-45 (Men-at-Arms 147) by Carlos Caballero Jurado -- When one speaks of the units of foreign volunteers integrated into the German forces during the Second World War, one thinks automatically of the Waffen-SS: indeed, few military corps have been so international in composition as the Waffen-SS. But, in absolute numbers, more foreigners served with the other three branches of the Wehrmacht - army, navy and air force - than in the Waffen-SS. As to the reasons which induced so many tens of thousands to volunteer to wear the German uniform, we must conclude that anti-Communism was the most significant. This sentiment was common to Dutch sailors and Italian flak crews, to Cossack cavalry and Croatian pilots; and it is emphasised by the enormous increase in volunteers following the German invasion of Russia, from a basis of practically nothing before that date. All over Western Europe, 'Legions' of volunteers for the Eastern Front were formed. Eventually the Waffen-SS would absorb the personnel from 'Germanic' countries - Norway, Denmark, Holland, and the Flemish region of Belgium - while the Army took the remainder from France, Walloon Belgium and Croatia. And it was from this period, obviously, that the progressively larger flow of Soviet citizens to the German colours began. Text by Carlos Caballero Jurado, plates by Kevin Lyles. This title examines the foreign volunteers who fought for the Wehrmacht, taking a close look at their uniforms, organisation and distinctive insignia. Among those covered are the Legion Wallanie, LVF, Ostlegionen, Balkan volunteers, Hiwis, Kalmucks, Cossacks, Baltic, Russian and Ukranian volunteers.
Germany's Spanish Volunteers 1941-45 (Men-at-Arms 103) by John Scurr -- The Spanish Civil War had been a conflict between the nationalists and conservatives on one side, and what they saw as the opposing anarchic atheistic Marxism which was eroding the traditional Catholic values of Spain. The nationalists eventually won with the aid of Germany against the Soviet backed Marxists, and four years later, the Spaniards seized the opportunity to settle a score with those who had attempted to disintegrate their country. John Scurr's book provides an absorbing account of the organisation, campaigns and uniforms of Germany's Spanish volunteers who fought from 1941-45.